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Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: Wonderful Nativity

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Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble's exciting premiere production presents Christmas Eve, the Christmas vigil and the joy and excitement of waiting, the games and traditions of folk origins and the Christian tradition of welcoming the birth of Jesus, as well as the fairytale-like, magical stories which have developed around this day. The audience will have the chance to live through the joyful moments of the last day of advent, from early morning to late evening, from the magical creation of snow by the fairies at dawn to the secret meeting of the snowmen, the preparation of magical honey-scented Christmas foods and the ceremony of setting up and decorating the Christmas tree. With no little humour, the emboldened horses pulling a sleigh, the fierce snowball battles and the paired ice dancers make up the Nativity procession, one of the most popular mystery plays of the Christmas period, where all participants in this magical journey come together at the end of the performance to experience sincere joy together at the arrival of the Redeemer, the incarnation of the Son of God. The Advent dance performance of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (Christmas Dawn; Winter Games; Snowman Meeting; Sled Bell; Let's Bake, Bake Something; Christmas Carollers; Beautiful Christmas) creates a true holiday feeling close to the mystery of Christmas that evokes a child's joy in the anticipation of the holiday. Also being featured are an excerpt of Anna Szabó T.'s poem Hóhullás (Snowfall), Michael Praetorius's Suite de Gran Ballet, the 21st piece from his collection Terpsichore, musarum aoniarum quinta, along with Géza Gárdonyi's poem Fel nagy örömre! (Come and Rejoice!). This performance is a joint production of Müpa Budapest and the Hungarian Heritage House - Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.

Age: 4- year
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • Hungarian State Folk Ensemble dance group
  • from audio recording
    Martina Szerencsés, Milán Hetényi
  • Choir of the Budapest Singing School (artistic director: Tamás Bubnó, János Mezei)
    Rozi Fitos
    Tamás Gallai
  • music director, programme curator, composer, artistic director
    István "Szalonna” Pál
  • choreographers
    Enikő Kocsis, Dezső Fitos, Gábor Mihályi
  • costumes
    Gábor Michac
  • set designer
    Balázs Cziegler
  • animation
    Vince Varga
  • dramaturg
    Rozi Kocsis
  • director-choreographer, ensemble director
    Gábor Mihályi
  • music director
    Tamás Nyitrai
  • band director
    Ferenc Radic
  • dance ensemble director
    György Ágfalvi
  • dance ensemble assistants
    Beatrix Borbély
    Katalin Jávor
    Máté Farkas
    Zoltán Zsuráfszky Jr.

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